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Marina Zaretskiy

College Finance Consultant
Marina Zaretskiy Bright Horizons College Coach
College Finance Consultant
Former Assistant Financial Aid Director Pepperdine University
Former Financial Aid Manager ICDC College

My Background

I was born in Ukraine and attended UC Irvine, graduating with a degree in Criminology, Law and Society. I began my career in higher education finance at ICDC College in California, where I assisted students in completing the FAFSA and prepared financial aid award packages. After ICDC, I worked as an assistant director at Pepperdine University in the Office of Financial Assistance. I was responsible for a caseload of 800+ undergraduate and graduate students for whom I assisted with all aspects of the financial aid process, including special circumstance appeals.
I am very grateful I was able to utilize College Coach! I was able to complete applications well ahead of time with very minimal stress and no issues. Any questions I had were answered promptly and completely and overall I had a very great experience!
Student at Boston University

Why I Joined College Coach

I joined College Coach with the sole purpose of helping families plan for college. My goal is to ensure that families have the adequate resources and information early on to make the best decision when it’s time to choose a college. While a college’s financial aid administrators are a great resource once you have your school confirmed, I am very excited to be on the College Coach team to provide resources and strategies to families throughout the college planning process. I enjoy guiding families through this important step in their child's life.

Get to Know Me

Bright Horizons College Coach finance team members

My Education

University of California, Irvine Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society
Marina Zaretskiy looking out at glaciers

Some of my favorite pastimes

In my free time, I enjoy going on long walks and listening to music. I love spending time with my family outdoors as we visit different playgrounds, zoos, and local farms with petting zoos. I unwind by taking a spinning class or a barre class. When home, I absolutely love cuddling with my two kitties.


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